Case Study:

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Marion Emergency Care CenterA New Emergency Department Exemplifying Lean Design

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

The Challenge

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth saw a growing demand for emergency and trauma services in the region. The hospital sought to replace its aging facilities with a new stand-alone emergency department that would efficiently treat patients and reflect the Texas Health brand.

The Design Solution

The 71,000-square-foot emergency department nearly tripled the size of its previous ED and increased patient beds from 56 to 100. It features a 10-bed super track area, which is staffed by a physician and a nurse to treat patients with minor conditions and send them home within 60 minutes. As one of two-Level II trauma centers in Fort Worth, it features a 24-hour in-house team with on-call trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons to deliver care to the critically injured. The medical education suite offers features a simulation lab that allows nurses, physicians, medical students, residents, respiratory therapists to practice working with one another in emergency situations. The suite also has flexible meeting/classroom spaces and a pre-function area for reception. The geriatric care clinic is for elderly patients who require quick follow-up care after an emergency room visit. Having accreditation as a Level II Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center, Emergency Center of Excellence, and holding a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission in the treatment of hip fractures makes the hospital an exceptional destination for emergency care. The building is designed for a two-story vertical expansion.

The Design Impact

This advanced facility allows Texas Health Fort Worth to keep pace with the growing Fort Worth-area population and continue to provide the community with access to quality, high-level care. Mock-up training rooms for trauma, emergency and surgery has a mannequin “patient” that can talk, bleed, sweat and make lung/heart noises.

Project Features

  • 117,000 square feet
  • Three stories
  • 90 exam rooms
  • 11 triage bays
  • 13 emergency care rooms
  • 12 extended care rooms
  • 36 diagnostic care rooms
  • 26 quick-care rooms
  • Helistop
  • Imaging suite
  • 6,500 square feet geriatric care clinic
  • 7,000 square feet graduate medical education suite
  • Sterile processing department
  • Administrative space